AN INTRODUCTION TO MUDS - Lusternia Online Help

1.11 AN INTRODUCTION TO MUDS

This brief introduction is intended for those who are unfamiliar with MUDs (or
MUGs, MOOs, MUCK, MMOGs, etc as they are also called). If you have played them
before, it's unlikely you'll need to read the information below.

Since you are reading this, we can assume that you have successfully created a
character. What this means is that you have made a persona for yourself that
will grow as your knowledge and experience in the land increases. This is _you_
for the purposes of the game, and soon enough you will begin to feel, when
playing Lusternia, that it really is you.

MUDs as a whole are structured to provide real-time interaction between many
players, and between various computer-controlled elements. They can be as
varied as the imagination and to attempt to characterize the content of them
here would be pointless. However, briefly, Lusternia takes place in an 
interdimensional fantasy universe of conflict and adventure.

Currently, you are standing in what is called a "room" or "location". You will
always be in a room in Lusternia. The structure of Lusternia is such that there
are thousands of locations, each representing an area of space. A location 
could be field, a section of desert, a part of a city street, or just a room in
a house. These locations are generally connected to each other by directions 
like north, northeast, etc, up, down, in and out. There may also be portals 
that connect far-flung locations.

To "see" the room you are standing in, simply type LOOK, or just L. This will
show you the name of the room (always a single sentence, like "At the centre of
Dockhand Square"), the description of the room, and whatever is in the room, be
it an item, an animal or monster, or other players. You can move around easily
enough by simply typing the direction you want to go in. For instance,
northeast or ne to go northeast. 

Oftentimes, you will not want to read the entire description of the room, and
you will just want to see the name of the room and the items, 'monsters' and
players that are in it. To do this, just type QL (which stands for Quick Look).

Since you are reading this, you are probably new to MUDs and will initially
experience confusion in dealing with the medium. However, the other players
will generally be willing to help you, and all you need to do is use the
"newbie" command to ask for help. For instance, "newbie Could someone please
help me?" You can also see who is online by typing WHO and then asking an
individual player for help by using the TELL command. If you read all the help
files in the Newbie Introduction (just type HELP on its own for more
information about this), then you will get detailed instructions on how all
this works.

I'm sure that at this point, you still do not have a clear idea of what goes on
in MUDs, and I can only recommend that you jump right in and start playing.
Take a visit to Newton Caverns (remember, just type HELP to see a 
directory of the help chapters), and never be afraid to ask other players 
for help. Just remember that there are people who will gladly help you, 
so don't get frustrated and quit at the first thing that confuses you. It 
may take some getting used to, but this is a highly entertaining and 
involving art form that hundreds of thousands of internet users find 
hopelessly addicting. Give it a try and you'll discover a brave new world 
waiting to be explored!